For easier reference, here is Ohio law on the subject:


It would appear to violate B2, but I am curious how a locksmith would operate legally under the same conditions.

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Note that an essential element of the offense here is "with purpose to use it criminally."

The specifications in B allow a presumption of such purpose, but such a presumption is rebuttable.

The tools of a locksmith are somewhat different from those of a criminal "cracksman", I understand, and would probably not be considered "designed or specially adapted for criminal use". But even if they were, proof of regular employment as a locksmith would tend to rebut the presumption of criminal intent.

Possession of tools with the intent of lawfully opening one's own lock would not be criminal intent, but a judge or jury might not be convinced of that.

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